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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Gramaisc, Apr 17, 2012.
There used to be one of those parked at the main gate of 16MU years ago.
It was cut up for scrap, because it 'became dangerous'...
I never saw a Javelin in the air.
Other than at school sports days...
The one at the gate was an FAW2, but they actually had an FAW8 at one time, further into the base.
They had a Meteor and a Beaufighter back in the '50s.
You may remember those Dinky Toy model aircraft. I had the Javelin, the Hawker Hunter and the English Electric Lightning. All truly classic fighters of their day.
Fabulous aircraft of a once mighty aviation industry.
The Hunter was a nice plane, with a sense of 'wholeness' in the design, before things started to become the products of committees and multiple modifications/bodges.
I'm looking to get hold of the Airfix 1/48 Javelin, and portray XA801
The problem is, Airfix's kit is for an FAW.9
but some stunning pics of Beverleys in the Middle East
A quick Google search came up with Alleycat model Gloster Javelin 1/48 conversion kits.
I don't know anything about the variants of planes nor what this is a conversion of but hopefully this will help you.
There seems to be one whole Beverley left now.
There are some very subtle differences, unless you are skilled in noticing these differences then I doubt many people would actually be able tell the difference. Thanks for the heads up though, I'll check Alleycat out.
That is indeed the last know Beverley in existence. Out of 49 built, only 1 reamains intact. There used to be one as gate guard out side Hendon many years ago, but I think it was sold off for scrap like many others were.
If you know the serial number of an aircraft, this is a great resource to learn of its fate, or where it ended up.... http://www.ukserials.com/
Interesting pictures above of the "South Yemen" days, the Beverleys had a handy feature that was very useful in the hot, high, short and rough airfields out in the desert. They could use the reverse pitch to push themselves right back to the end of the 'runway' for the best chance of success in getting off.
There was a hatch in the floor of the tail-boom that was used for parachutists from the upper deck - there was an unfortunate incident where the hatch was opened on the ground whilst someone was maintaining the facilities in the toilet at the rear of the boom and the poor chap fell through the open hatch on exiting the toilet, falling to his death on the runway. This resulted in an interlock being fitted to prevent the hatch being opening when the toilet door was closed.
You could also pop out of the side door from the 'ground floor'.
The inability to open the tail doors in flight was a serious drawback, if you wanted to fly with the doors open, you had to physically remove them and leave them behind, then return and refit them. Hence the scaffolding on the inside of the doors. Not a small job.
My dad has told many a story about doing just that when loading them with kit.
I sent that link to him and it's brought back a lot of fond memories for him. I think he used to sneak off into the tail boom during long flights to Hong Kong and get some kip.
Any flight in a Beverley was a long flight. They were not a speedy device....
Edit - A quick calculation would suggest that UK to Hong Kong by the shortest possible (great circle) route would take a good 35 hours in the air with a Beverley - the shortest available routes at the time would be a good bit further...
Yeovilton - live.
or if you don't want to hang around
So this dropped yesterday at San Diego Comicon.......
Wow what you wouldn't give to tool around the sky in one of those things, just for a few minutes. (Which is about as long as I'd probably last … )